Arabella Noortman

Freelance writer

Arabella has a Master's degree in English Literature from Univeristy College London, and is currently researching her PhD thesis after experience working at magazines such as British Vogue and Dazed&Confused.
A Gift And A Curse: The Ups And Downs Of

A Gift And A Curse: The Ups And Downs Of Bipolar

For me, the diagnosis was a relief, for it accorded with the maxim "know thyself" - and, for any human being, this is a fundamental part of life's journey. As time goes on, I have begun to see bipolar not so much as an affliction, confined to a certain, unfortunate percentile of the population, but as something that lies in the further reaches of conscious experience.
02/12/2016 16:02 GMT
Scarves and

Scarves and Style

Scarves in general, however, I have a lot of time for. They are not just for winter, by the way. They are a statement in their own right, and can transform even the most middle-of-the road outfits into something superb.
12/05/2016 10:21 BST
From Rome With

From Rome With Love

I have a confession to make. I've fallen in love. The head over heels variety. But this time, it's not with a man; nor a woman, for that matter. It's with a city. It's with Rome. I have fallen completely and utterly in love with Rome; and I suspect it's going to be a life-long affair.
09/05/2016 13:10 BST
The Black Polo-Neck - Yes

The Black Polo-Neck - Yes Please

Worn on the right person, it is beyond words (although I shall continue to try and capture the essence of this garment using such linguistic containers; limited though they are). Think of Audrey Hepburn in her black turtle-neck in Funny Face. Nothing expresses a sense of gamine joie de vivre better than her in that outfit. She made that sweater iconic.
19/04/2016 10:51 BST
Go Get Some

Go Get Some Gloves

Gloves are so much more to hands than socks are to feet. A mislaid sock is a perennial thread in the web of wardrobe nuisances, but, classically, a mislaid glove is suffused with poetic symbolism. There is even something vaguely poignant about it, for the glove is an encasement for our hand, and what other outer garment is so full of intimacy?
18/04/2016 15:57 BST
The Winter

The Winter Coat

A Burberry trench tied at the waist leans on the sexier side of life, of course, accentuating the sinuous curves of the female form; but there is a coat for all moods, whether it be shearling, simply oversized, a cape, or military style.
26/01/2016 10:38 GMT
Frayed and

Frayed and Confused?

It seems curious, doesn't it, to buy brand new clothes that have been artfully, artificially distressed; to part with significant sums of money for clothes that appear to be in a state of disrepair, rather than in pristine condition?
27/09/2015 21:57 BST
Burmese Days: Tales from

Burmese Days: Tales from Myanmar

Myanmar opened up to tourism recently. I felt lucky to have experienced the splendour of the place so freshly unveiled. It was rather like witnessing a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis with tremulous legs, quivering with beauty and fragility, taking its first few steps into the wider world.
29/07/2015 13:24 BST
A Tale of Two Cities: Amsterdam and

A Tale of Two Cities: Amsterdam and Berlin

If being around really tall people is your kind of thing, go to Holland. The average man is 6'3". And that's without clogs on. As well as clogs, several other C-words can be ascribed to the Netherlands' capital city: canals, coffee shops and culture, for instance; all of which Amsterdam has in abundance.
30/04/2015 09:59 BST
More of This and Less of

More of This and Less of That

Lately I've been dwelling on things in the world at large that I would like to see either more of or less of in 2015.
16/02/2015 10:31 GMT
What's It All About,

What's It All About, Selfie?

We all know about the stratospheric rise of the 'selfie'; I mean, it would be pretty difficult not to. Selfies are prolific. They have become a cultural norm, the very word an established feature of our vernacular.
18/12/2014 06:38 GMT
The Wrongness of

The Wrongness of Winklepickers

I was on the tube the other day, and since I find the proximity of my face to the faces of strangers a rather undesirable experience, I had my gaze directed firmly to the floor. It was then that I observed a pair of shoes that I found both alarmingly ugly, and, quite frankly, unsettling. These shoes, I believe, go by the name of 'winkle pickers'.
23/10/2014 10:51 BST
The Psychology of

The Psychology of Walking

New psychological studies have proved that walking improves our cognitive performance; that it enhances our working memory and ability to learn, as well as creative thinking and problem solving. To reap these walking-induced benefits, however, we must be walking at our own chosen pace.
16/10/2014 11:33 BST